Today’s magical forest wedding encourages you to linger – linger over the spectacular lights that mimic the stars, linger over the evergreen decor direction and linger over the many personal details that made this wedding so unique, intentional and all-around special. Ann Travis Events brought an enchanting woodland fantasy to life while imbuing greenhouse venue Planterra Conservatory with unforgettable moments like the bride’s 92-year old grandmother tossing petals down the aisle and late night bites, both savory + sweet, to honor much-beloved favorites and family heritage in one fell swoop. We feel pretty darn lucky to be sharing the captivating images from Sean Cook Weddings with you today, so without further ado, enjoy Amanda and John’s magical forest wedding story below!
Everyone wants their wedding day to be personal, but Amanda and John’s wedding day really knocked it out of the park with all of the special details throughout. With COVID restrictions, they ended up cutting about 70% of their guest list to only include family and close friends, so making the day meaningful was a big priority. From starting the day getting ready in their own home to serving Taco Bell (Amanda’s favorite) as a late-night snack, each moment was personalized.
For the ceremony, Amanda’s 92-year-old grandmother was the flower girl, who led the processional with her decorated walker and petal basket. The couple’s Pomeranian, Priscilla, was supposed to join her, but unexpectedly passed away earlier in the year. John surprised Amanda by wearing socks with Priscilla’s picture on them to honor her. For their traditional Antiochian Orthodox ceremony, vows are not read, so the couple wrote letters to each other to read before the wedding.
The pair dreamed of getting married in the woods, so chose the next best thing with the Planterra Conservatory, a beautiful greenhouse venue filled with trees and lush greenery. Adding in a string light canopy and hanging tea light candles made their magical woodland reception a reality. They surprised all of their guests with an Arabic drummer for their grand reception entrance as a special way to honor Amanda’s Lebanese heritage. For their second dessert, they had milk and cookies with milk from Guernsey Farms Dairy, which was founded by John’s grandfather and still in the family.
There’s no denying this magical forest wedding is a star in its own right. Resplendent in natural decor and storytelling, we have a feeling this wedding will be one you revisit throughout the planning process! You can find another one of our favorite greenhouse weddings in this feature next. Spoiler alert: this one’s in South Africa!
Planning, Design, and Paper Goods: Ann Travis Events
Photography: Sean Cook Weddings
Venue and Florals: Planterra Conservatory
Rentals: Event Theory
Chairs: Affairs to Remember
Catering: Forte Belanger
Videography: Coastline Studios
Cake: Sweet Heather Anne
Entertainment: Rock Out Entertainment
Dress Shop: Mimi’s Bridal
Alterations: Jules Joyner Designs
Hair: Hailey at Minted Hair Salon
Hair/Makeup: Caidy Marie Beauty
Signature Drink/Second Dessert: Guernsey Farms Dairy